Schedule

The Typical Day of a Seminole

September 7, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

The typical day of a college student varies significantly. Some work, others are members of several clubs on campus, others intern, and some may just strictly focus on classes if they are in a difficult major. A typical day in college for me is certainly a busy one. With Tuesday/ Thursday classes only, I keep my schedule open to work my part-time job as a waitress at a popular local sports bar. I completed my required internship over the summer so classes, working, interning, and attending club meetings wouldn’t be too overwhelming all in one semester. My three classes, twice a week, go straight through from 9:30 to 1:45. I wake up around 8 to give myself time to have coffee and eat breakfast. Some days, I may even wake up earlier to do some homework or study before walking to class. Once I complete my classes for the day, I walk home to my apartment, eat lunch, and get ready for work, which usually starts sometime between 3:30 and 5. I usually work until about 10, depending on how busy the night is at the restaurant. I then drive home, eat dinner, and unwind at home by doing some homework if needed, or simply reading a book to fall asleep. I also take an online course, so I make time for that either at night or on my days off.

I organize my schedule so I can work and attend class all in the same day. By doing so, I can have a full day off to take care of homework, grocery shopping, seeing friends, etc. These are usually on Mondays and Wednesdays. On my free days, I’ll either go to the pool with friends or simply relax at home while doing work on and off. With a busy schedule, I sometimes cook all of my food in advance for the week ahead so I’m not constantly buying food out. I keep my evenings open for meetings, specifically for Her Campus- a known organization that has its own FSU chapter. If there is no meeting to attend, I catch up or get a headstart on my homework for the week, which usually consists of several pages of reading, papers, and blogging. I also make time on my days off to exercise, which totals about four times a week.

Time management is key in college!

Time management is key in college!

Finally, my weekends always vary. Since I work in a restaurant, it’s important that I’m available to work almost every Friday and Saturday night. However, depending on my shift, I sometimes will be done early enough to go out with friends afterwards. Unfortunately, that’s a commitment you have to make and plan your schedule around if you want to work as a server. If I have the mornings or afternoons off, I am always making sure to attend the football games- a fall tradition that makes you wish every day was Saturday throughout the semester.

It’s important to stay busy and productive throughout college to build your resume, but always find the time to relax no matter how crazy your schedule may be. Sometimes, there’s just not enough time in a day to get everything done. That’s what weekends are for. Days will always vary according to your agenda and how much work you have. Some weeks will be entirely exhausting, while others will be more relaxing. A great idea is to write yourself notes each day of the tasks you need to complete so it’s all planned out already. It’s all about time management and knowing how to balance free time with productivity.

A Day in the Life of a College Kid

April 24, 2015 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life

What's your day like?

What’s your day like?

College schedules are either the best or the worst, depending on your luck of the draw come registration time. Depending on what you prefer, your schedule could be crazy busy or low key. For me, my schedule is all about balancing everything out so that I can do everything I want to do without being completely stretched too thin. Here is my weekly schedule at school to put it into perspective:

Monday/Wednesday

Monday’s and Wednesday’s are conveniently my busiest days of the week. I scheduled 4 out of my 5 classes on these days so that I would be able to work at my two jobs. These days go as follows:

9:00 AM – Get up and get ready for class

10:30 AM – Consumer marketing behavior class

11:30 AM – Poetry class

12:30 PM – Social Media Marketing class

1:30 – 3:20 PM – Graphic Design

5:00 – 10:00 PM – Work at Job 1 (retail)

On these days, I can usually never get much done because I am literally going nonstop all day with a short break before work. Sometimes it’s nice to get these days over with because I feel like I have accomplished a lot, but other times it can just be exhausting. I also usually have a lot of tests and things due on these days so they can be overwhelming. I usually eat once before all of my classes, bring a snack between social media marketing and graphic design, and the bring something to eat at work.

Tuesday/Thursday

These are my less stressful days of the week, but I am still pretty busy. These days go as follows:

8:00 AM – Get up and get ready for class

10:00 – 11:15 AM – Business strategy class

12:00 – 4:30 PM – Job number 2 (office)

These are definitely my homework days and “get stuff done” days. But, being in college, Thursdays are also the night to go out, so by the time I get home from work at 5, eat dinner and relax, I am already getting ready to go out for the night. So, I guess you could say that Tuesday is the most productive day for me.

Friday

9:00 AM – Get up and get ready for class

10:30 AM – Consumer marketing behavior class

11:30 AM – Poetry class

12:30 PM – Social Media Marketing class

Friday’s are my favorite day because it means that the weekend is here and I also have 3 classes and no work. While Fridays should be my productive day, I am usually so beat from the week that I use the extra time for relaxing before the weekend takes off. Usually if I have a lot of stuff due the next week I try to get it done on Friday during the day instead of Saturday or Sunday.

So there you have it, my typical week as a college student. Depending on what year you are in school, your schedule could be very different. If you’re a freshman, you will probably have a lot more free time, but as you grow into a senior you will be getting internships and jobs that you have to fit into your schedule. Good Luck!

A Typical Week as a VMI (Virginia Military Institute) Cadet

February 13, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

Marching

Marching

A typical week as a VMI cadet is a very busy one. VMI cadets are some of the busiest college students that you will meet because their days are filled with a lot of mandatory meetings and whatever else the Institute has them doing. So here is an overview of what a regular week looks like for a VMI cadet.

Monday: Cadets form up for what is known as BRC (Breakfast Roll Call) formation at 7:00 in the morning and proceed to salute to the colors as they are raised and then march down to the mess hall for breakfast. Then they attend their classes like every other college student based on how they set up their class schedule. Then there is a mandatory DTT time from 11:00-12:00 which stands for Deans Training Time. This time is dedicated to your specific major. So if your major decides to have a meeting then you must attend. Other times there might be an academic speaker that comes to speak to the entire corps, in which everyone attends. Then cadets have time to grab lunch and classes start again at 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and again that depends on your own personal class schedule. At 4:05 all cadets attend PTT, otherwise known as Physical Training Time. If you are commissioning in the armed forces, then you PT with your respective branch, and if not then you PT with your company. After that SRC (Super Roll Call) forms up at 7:00 p.m. which is similar to BRC, but we salute to the colors coming down and again march down to the mess hall for dinner. After that you are free to go study in any building until Taps which is at 11:30 p.m. You must be in your room at this time unless you are studying in an academic building.

Tuesday: Cadets form up for BRC just like Monday and then proceed to attend their classes. At around 4:00 p.m. students are allowed to attend any club sports team that they may be a part of. SRC forms up same as Monday and then studying and Taps.

Wednesday: Cadets form up for BRC, attend their classes, but from 11:00-12:00 we have what is called CTT (Commandant’s Training Time). This time is dedicated to the Commandant of the school and it usually consists of many different things depending on the week. For example, sometimes we have uniform inspections, room inspections, or this week we had a Corps safety brief because we have a school dance this Saturday so they want to make sure everyone is being safe.  After that students can go to lunch and then attend the rest of their classes. At 4:00 p.m. cadets have many different things they can do on Wednesdays. They are allowed to go into town or to Wal-Mart if they want, if they are in trouble then they must march PTs (penalty tours), if they cannot pass the VFT (VMI Fitness Test) then they must go PT with a group of people, and then everyone else can do what they want. And once again, SRC forms up at the same time and then cadets study and go to bed.

Thursday: Thursday is exactly the same as Tuesday.

Friday: On Friday, the only difference is that at 11:05 all cadets attend PTT just like on Monday, the only difference is that it is at 11:05 a.m. and not 4:05 p.m. Then on most Fridays, we have parades at 4:05 p.m. which every cadet marches. After the parade is over, cadets are allowed to go into town or study and what not, but there is still SRC formation.

Saturday: Every Saturday is different. Cadets still form up for BRC but after that it varies from week to week. For example, last weekend it was ROTC control time. This means those that are commissioning must do whatever their respective branch has them do from 8:00-12:00. After that the institute might have other things they make us do like attend a home basketball game. And yes, it is mandatory and they make everyone go. After that you are free to do whatever you want, for the most part.

Sunday: Sunday is the only day that cadets do not have to form up for BRC. Sunday is our only day off, but you still have to form up for SRC. And then the week starts all over again.

Overall, a typical week for a cadet is jam packed with not a lot of room for free time. It can get overwhelming and monotonous a lot of the time.

A Week in the Life: College Student Edition

August 27, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

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Every college student’s schedule is going to be completely different from another’s–we all have weird, hectic rosters with strange class times and part-time jobs. College is different from high school in that classes will almost never be all back-to-back. Classes tend to be longer, and you will likely have a break between some of your classes. Plus, you’ll almost never encounter a class that you go to every day of the week– you might attend any given class anywhere from 1-4 days per week.

This upcoming Fall semester, my schedule is definitely a bit weird. I opted to load my Tuesdays and Thursdays with most of my classes (3 classes/day) and have one long 3-hour class on Mondays. With this schedule, I have Wednesday and Friday completely open, as well as Monday mornings. I created my schedule like this so that I would have time for a second job. Check out what my weeks will be like this semester to get a taste of what college life can be like!

Monday:

10:00-2:00: Schoolwork and free time

Unless I am asked to work at my second job, I will probably let myself sleep in and then either get work done, head to the gym, or work on my hobbies (sewing and knitting projects)

2:00-5:00: Class – “Fundamentals of Journalism”

This 3-hour long (ugh!) class is a required writing class for all journalism majors and minors. Since I have declared journalism as my minor, I have to take this class before I graduate. Here’s to hoping that my professor lets us out early some days!

5:00-8:30: Work

Both last year and this year, I received Work-study funding in my financial aid package. Work-study is a fantastic opportunity, as it is guaranteed part-time work where all the bosses understand and sympathize with your busy schedule. Work-study jobs tend to be between 5-20 hours per week, with most clocking in at 10 or 12. My job is a position as a tutor at the Intergenerational Literacy Program, a program at a school in Chelsea, MA that provides ESOL classes to adults and children.

8:30-midnight: Dinner and homework

After I get home from work, I will definitely be making myself dinner in my new apartment and getting to work on papers and readings that are due that week.

Tuesdays and Thursdays:

9:30-11:00: Class – “Topics in Film and Literature”

My first class of the day is an hour and twenty minutes long (professors at Boston University let students out 10 minutes before class is scheduled to end, to give students time to get to their next class if they have back-to-back classes. This class is an English elective that counts towards my English major. We’ll be assigned various novels to read and movies to watch, which we will then discuss in class.

11:00-12:30: Class – “History and Principles of Journalism”

Immediately after my English class, I will head to my second journalism class. This one is a large lecture-style class that is another requirement for my journalism minor. I have been told that is a basic history class that mostly requires memorization of facts, dates, and names.

12:30-2:00: Lunch

Tuesdays and Thursdays are my busy days, so after two classes, I’ll want to take a break to eat a good meal and relax for a bit before my third and final class of the day.

2:00-3:30: Class – “British Literature I”

Brit. Lit. is a mandatory course for English majors that is broken into two parts–in the Fall, you take Part 1 and in the Spring you take Part 2. Part 1 is Medieval and 16th-17th century texts–not the most exciting topic, but I’ll manage!

5:00-8:30: Work or Rehearsal

On Tuesdays, I will go to my work-study job again, but on Thursdays, I don’t work–instead, I will use the time to do homework, eat a good dinner, or attend a play rehearsal/work on costumes for my theatre group.

Wednesday:

No classes on Wednesdays! I plan to use this day to work at my second job at a retail clothing store.

7:15-8:30: Work seminar

On Wednesday nights, I will attend a mandatory meeting for my work-study job. This meeting is for all the tutors to catch up and get mini lessons in how to best tutor our students.

Thursday:

Thursday is almost exactly the same as Tuesday — see above!

Friday:

Another day without classes! Fridays will also be devoted to my second job. Friday nights will be filled with attending club meetings or seeing friends.

Saturday:

After such a crazy week, I’m going to want some time off! I’ll likely use Saturday afternoons to do some homework, but then use the rest of the evening and night to go out and see friends.

Sunday:

Sunday tends to be homework/catch-up day for most college students. After Friday and Saturday nights out, we all need a day to relax at home and get work done.

Vacations: Think Small, Not Big

August 7, 2014 in Alive Campus, Travel

Road Trip

Road Trip

One question I’ll ask myself again and again when I see Facebook pictures of people vacationing in London or the Bahamas is: how the hell can they afford that?

My family is probably on the lower end of the middle class. We haven’t gone on a big vacation since I was in Kindergarten, and we went to Disney World. I know how hard my parents work, and I’m content with not having any fancy vacations. In fact, some of the best vacations I’ve been on are the low budget, and closer to home ones. In middle school, I stayed in my Uncle’s cabin in Maine for a week or two with my cousins, and I’d definitely go back.

This summer, my friends and I decided to stay at my friend’s aunt’s house in South Yarmouth in Cape Cod for a few days. Only two of us could make it, but our low expectations for the weekend allowed more room for fun. My friend Michael and I had decided to drive up on Fourth of July morning. Keep in mind that there was supposed to be bad weather that weekend, and possibly a hurricane. Despite that, we got in Michael’s car and left. It started off fine, but then there were torrential downpours, relentlessly covering the windshield. I screamed at Michael to pull over, but he refused, saying people wouldn’t be able to see us, and we’d get hit. Anyhow, we went slow, the rain eventually cleared up, and we made it mostly in one piece.

“Look what the cat dragged in,” Elizabeth’s dad said as we came in, bags in hand. We laughed and greeted her family. We put our stuff down upstairs where we’d be sleeping, and drove to the beach nearby to see the sand sculptures Elizabeth had raved about.

I used to vacation on Cape Cod with my family. We’d rent a cottage with family friends, go to the beach, and eat lobster until we felt sick (no exaggeration). So, going back made me feel like a kid again, and I know Michael and Elizabeth felt the same way. We played Ladder Ball outside, hung out at the beach, went to a cookout, and oddly enough played many games of Monopoly, most of which were not played by the rules. We also went mini golfing at Pirate’s Cove, staying local and low key. The entire weekend I barely spent any money. Elizabeth’s aunt cooked for us, and we went to the cookout. I only paid for mini golfing and chipped in for gas.

A vacation like this is for the average person. Most people I know don’t have enough money or time for an elaborate one. If you don’t have time for a few days, a day trip is always an option. What was supposed to be a simple local beach trip with my friends from school, turned into a drive to Newport for the day. A friend of mine goes there often and lives nearby. She showed us around and we drove by the beautiful mansions. We even saw a few couples getting married, which we bugged out about and obviously tried to see as much as we could. We went to the beach and ended the day with much needed seafood and burgers. Again, there wasn’t a lot of spending involved.

When people think vacation, they tend to think big, but a vacation can be anywhere. Somewhere old or somewhere new. As cliché as this sounds, who you’re spending it with will really determine how much fun you have. Smaller trips can be better than bigger ones because you won’t be spending your life savings, and there is room for more than one trip. Smaller vacations come with low expectations, small budgets, and almost no itinerary. Forget blowing money on plane tickets, and map out a spontaneous road trip.